Accreditation Readiness Survey

Interested in gaining feedback about your program’s readiness to apply for third-party accreditation?

Complete this brief survey to provide information about your program operations and receive a customized summary of your accreditation readiness status from SeaCrest’s accreditation experts within a few business days.

Please note: The information you submit will be held in strict confidence following SeaCrest’s confidentiality and security policies. The information you submit will not be released to any party except to the individual who provides contact information within the survey.

Credentialing Notes

Credentialing Notes is a monthly email compiled from news articles, press releases, research, blogs, and legislative monitoring. We review hundreds of articles on certification, credentialing and accreditation to bring relevant and interesting news to you each month. Subscribe to Credentialing Notes or change your current subscription information by emailing

SeaCrest Resources

Using Feasibility Studies to Inform Decision Making

Feasibility studies help organizations to: test assumptions, analyze potential challenges and opportunities, evaluate risks and benefits, support data-driven decision making, and compare interest in various products before investing in development. Review our helpful...

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A Proactive Approach to Accreditation Compliance

The development and maintenance of a certification program requires a commitment to evaluation and ongoing quality improvement. In 2013, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) began decisive steps to improve the Accredited Financial...

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Building a Credentialing Portfolio: Key Considerations

Today’s workforce requires varied options to demonstrate expertise and attainment of job-related skills. Gone are the days of the “one certification program fits all” solution. Instead, organizations should consider a broader approach to building a diverse product...

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Working Remotely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Practical Advice for Virtual Exam Development Meetings Adopting a virtual approach to exam development proved necessary in 2020 but it can also reduce costs by eliminating travel expenses and potentially expanding the pool of subject matter experts (SMEs) who...

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Solutions for Small Certification Programs

Albeit organizations of all sizes offer certification programs oftentimes this endeavor is more challenging for those with small programs. While there are differing definitions of a small program, research has illustrated commonalities such as: a small number of...

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The Purpose and Practical Use of Feasibility Studies

Few people would buy a car without knowing the price, purchase a home without an inspection, or accept a new job without salary information. So why start a new certification or certificate program without understanding the market? Most successful decisions depend on...

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5 Tips to Improve a Virtual Internal Audit

Internal audits are a key, often required, component of a quality management system. They provide an objective mechanism to ensure your program policies and procedures are performed consistently and correctly. If the program is accredited, the audit may also check...

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Roadmap to Build and Maintain a Policy Manual

An up-to-date policy manual is an essential document for any certification program. It provides a clear framework for ensuring consistency, promotes efficiency, provides direction to staff members, and informs operational procedures, candidate handbooks, and other...

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7 Common Challenges to Earning Accreditation

SeaCrest has prepared more than 325 successful accreditation applications. Based on our experience, we have summarized the seven most common challenges organizations face in preparing a successful application. Paying attention to these challenges prior to preparing an...

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Other Resources

Credentialing: What is it and why is it important?

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence, or I.C.E., is a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry. I.C.E. is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs and it is both a provider of and a clearing house for information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.